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Susana Santos Silva: Devil's Dress

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The Portuguese big band Orquestra Jazz De Matisinhos (OJM) has played engagements and recorded albums with big names like Lee Konitz and Kurt Rosenwinkel. One of its trumpeters, Susana Santos Silva, has gathered four other members of the ensemble for her debut album, Devil's Dress. As with the OJM, Silva's music acts as a testing ground for challenges and concepts in composition and improvisation, scaled down to the intimate confines of a quintet setting. Much of the quintet's music involves piecing together disparate influences and seeing how they fit. Silva's title track presents a knotty, clavé-based groove ...

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Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

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The Devil wears many guises, as does the music on Devil's Dress. Trumpeter Susana Santos Silva spans a variety of styles and, while some songs contain a dark presence and power that perfectly suits Beelzebub's reputation, other songs have a brighter outlook that looks upward toward the skies, not downward toward Hades. While Devil's Dress is Silva's debut, she is also part of the brilliant big band sound of the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, which worked with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on his thrilling Our Secret World (Wommusic, 2010). Silva's own music contains the same spirit and sophistication ...

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Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

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Matosinhos, a northern suburb of Oporto, Portugal, is renowned for its high quality fish and seafood--and, increasingly nowadays, its jazz. It is home to the 20-piece Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, best known internationally for its collaborations with veteran US saxophonist Lee Konitz and, most recently, with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on Our Secret World (Wommusic, 2010).. Now five young members of the band, under the leadership of trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, have come together to produce what they claim to be “a music without boundaries and preconceived ideas." They talk bravely of “new challenges and artistic conceptions" but ...

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Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

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Jazz is an American art form, brewed up in a musical gumbo in New Orleans in the early twentieth century. The music drew on an African tradition, but a European influence seeped in. The Big Easy was a cosmopolitan city, even in its beginnings. European jazz, borrowed from America but originating in and played by European artists, is quickly--more than a hundred years after the music's American emergence--gaining more respect and notoriety. Artists like violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt, in the 1920s, and pianist/composer Krzysztof Komeda, in the 1950s, gave the popularity of European jazz a push that ...



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